- Idols SA judge, Unathi Nkayi, spoke out against her struggle with depression
- The singer opened up to her psychologist father, Sakhiwo Nkayi, on My Truth TV
- Unathi revealed that seeing a therapist was her saving grace
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Many Mzansi celebs have come forth to reveal their struggle with depression in recent years, but the none would have guessed that the latest star to join that group is musician and Idols SA judge, Unathi Nkayi.
But when these celebs share parts of their live that’s not as sugar-coated as we think, it’s proof that they are only humans after all and not immune to life’s challenges.
Unathi opened up in an interview with her psychologist father, Sakhiwo Nkayi on My TruthTV, about the myriads of aspects in her personal life. She spoke about mental health and depression in her own family.
Unathi shared a video of the insightful interview on Instagram and revealed how she dealt with the problem as a family.
She captioned her post: "It’s okay to not be OKAY. Please watch my full interview. The first I’ve ever done with my father, psychologist Sakhiwo NkayiWe talk mental HEALTH in families, my journey through my transition into my new life and how we as a family dealt with that. ❤️ MyTruth.tv"
Unathi also spoke about her alcohol routine that she had become one of her survival tools, especially during her divorce from her ex husband, Thomas Msengana.
“I had to time it very well. My kids’ bedtime was 8.30pm, so I would drink from that time and make sure I was sober by 5am when they woke up. I needed to be sober for them and the listeners on Metro FM. I didn’t want my children to see me at my lowest. Through my experience I’ve learnt that it’s okay to be not okay,” said Unathi.
The Idols SA judge had thens sought the services of a therapist, who she believes has guided her through the difficult time in her life.
“I started seeing a therapist in 2017 and to this day I still consult every two weeks. It has been my journey of healing. I am encouraging everyone to see a therapist, it’s the best thing one can do for oneself.”
Watch the video below:
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About a month ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Idols SA judge, Unathi Nkayi, found herself in some hot water after passing a comment implying that Xhosa people are the only ones making waves in Mzansi .
Making racial, cultural or gender-based comments and generalisations is simply just a no in today’s times – Unathi obvs didn’t mean it negatively but a gurl should have thought a tad more before saying something like that on live TV.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Unathi hyped Xhosa people up after Xhosa Idols SA contestant Luyolo gave a hella lit performance that night.
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